Mdluli suspension report unconfirmed

2012-05-17 20:33

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's office could not confirm a report on Thursday that former crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli had been given a notice of suspension.

"I am not aware that such a notice was issued," spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said.

"This story is a bit dicey, and is really bad journalism. More research needed to be done, and it needed to say who issued the notice."

The KwaZulu-Natal newspaper, the Daily News, reported on Thursday that Mdluli and head of covert support Major General Solly Lazarus both received a notice of intention to suspend on Wednesday.

The two reportedly have until May 25 to argue why they should not be suspended.

According to Lazarus’s notice, his suspension was being contemplated amid allegations of him mismanaging state finances.

Media sources

Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley said on Thursday that Colonel Kobus Roelofse's claim that Sunday Times journalists were paid by Crime Intelligence to write articles was false.

The articles were mentioned in an SA Police Service report by Roelofse and named Hawks investigators as the instigators of renditioning.

The names mentioned in the articles were those of the Hawks investigators looking into allegations of murder, fraud and nepotism by individuals in crime intelligence, especially Mdluli.

Roelofse said in his report that a witness stated that Lazarus "wanted to use sources within the media" to write stories to take the focus off them.

Roelofse's report was made public on Tuesday when it was lodged in the South Gauteng High Court with other papers by non-profit organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL).

Urgent interdict

FUL applied for an urgent interdict on Tuesday preventing Mdluli from serving in the police.

It also applied for an interdict against Police Minister Mthethwa, to prevent him from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review of his reinstatement.

Mthethwa announced on May 9 that Mdluli would be shifted from his position to another division in the police.

Last year, Mdluli faced fraud and corruption charges relating to the alleged misuse of a crime intelligence fund, the purchase of luxury vehicles and the hiring of family members. He also faced a murder charge following the murder of a former lover's boyfriend, Oupa Ramogibe.

Both sets of charges were withdrawn and Mdluli was reinstated as head of crime intelligence. The murder investigation became an inquest.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 20:49

    ARGHHHHH - For crying in a bucket!!! All I can say is Nathi Mtwethwa must be an ace on the dancefloor. Cha-cha, polka, waltz and especially the two-step - he's done them all as far as Richard Mdluli is concerned.

      Tony - 2012-05-17 22:06

      Salsa, Mambo...

      Vernon - 2012-05-17 22:31

      backspin with a pose on completion,legs crossed with peace sign up!!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 21:08

    Don't suspend Mdluli..FIRE THE BASTICH!!

      Vernon - 2012-05-17 22:39

      jail, but that=hospital=medical parole=shaick=selebi=zulu= golf course

  • Jay - 2012-05-17 21:39

    Dear SA Citizens, Whilst every decent, law abiding, taxpaying citizen is being vocal on the permanent suspension & dismissal of this BAD EGG Character..... Do Not Forget..... Please Please Please, Everyone..... He must be held accountable for ALL the MONIES that was Used, Stolen and Blown from that Intelligence Slush Fund... By that I mean PAY IT BACK! Then demand the riddance of his Nepotism and Crony Empire too! Then of course, get him to ROT IN JAIL for Life! This dude has destroyed our Country's Image and Our Children's Future! He Must Suffer for it! People Power will get him Jailed, so Speak Up! I REST MY CASE! BTW, Do NOT buy an e-Tag! Ever!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-17 22:04

      Notblackenough.....I sense your frustration...I feel it too brother.....we can kick up a stink about this slime ball....but as much as we would demand he pay back the cash....I'm afraid, this is the frustration of watching the ass*#ole getting off scott free...and worse still he will be more comfortable (financially)than you and I will ever be in our entire lives...when this is all over .

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-18 07:19

      NotBlackEnough he seems to have a new designation at the moment and that is the title of "The Teflon Man" ..... not much seems to want to stick to him right now

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-17 21:52

    Mdluli is becoming another Malema...they drag out the suspensions....the media have a field day....and we get plain gatvol of hearing about these idiots...they actually should get no publicity at all. PLEASE JUST GET THIS OVER AND GET RID OF THIS SLIM BALL.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-18 00:15

    He is a disgrace

  • Danny - 2012-05-25 11:53

    I say first make him pay for all the corruption and wastage of tax payers money,then put him on shackles and leg irons,then throw him in jail,remove his sunglasses covering his true identity and finally throw away the keys and let him rot in jail.Next fire Nathi Mtethwa and get him replaced by one that is not corrupt.come people of South Africa ,can't you see the damage that is caused by this corrupt government,can't you see the tax payers money being used to fight JZ's unnecessary court case,can't the money be used for housing,education,health or help to feed the hungry and poor?I think the whole of the rainbow nation should wake up and repair the damage before it is too late.

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